Insight by Hugo Shelley


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Used by most of the top tv & stage magicians in the world

Hugo Shelley creates magic for some of the world's top professionals. If you've seen magic on TV before, chances are you've seen the famous performer using one of Hugo's ingenious devices during their routine.

His methods are used to create sure-fire mentalism miracles that can't be explained. With audiences believing in the impossible as the show ends. Insight is no different...

The Insight system includes a miniature wrist-worn reader and a deck of 52 electronic playing cards.

The smallest RFID reader available, Insight can detect playing cards at up to 11cm (4.5 in) away. A simple vibration cue will tell you the suit and value of the card within seconds.

The Effect

The performer hands the deck to a volunteer and invites them to choose their favourite card, placing the rest of the deck aside. Without touching the volunteer or the deck, the performer reveals the chosen card.

An almost infinite variety of effects can be performed – you’re limited only by your imagination!

The Reader

The reader features wireless transmission and on-board vibration cuing. At only 77 x 33mm it’s incredibly small, with a range that allows you to detect cards and tags with a single gesture. The battery will last for over 10 hours on a single charge and is both rechargeable and replaceable.

What was the last name of the Professor?

The answer is the password to watch the video below. All in lowercase.

The Deck

The Insight deck (Phoenix edition) has been designed specifically for magicians. These cards are not made by hand – the chips and antenna are incorporated into the cards during the manufacturing process, ensuring that each card is perfectly thin and flat. The deck can be shuffled and handled in the same way as an ordinary deck.

Single and double sided blank cards are available from the manufacturer himself, as well as ultra-thin adhesive tags that can be used to make your own props.

And finally …

iPhone users can unlock the wireless features of their device by purchasing the Insight app available from the App Store. This allows for wireless cuing, reprogramming and more.


Dimensions: 77 x 33 x 9mm

Battery life: 12 hours (rechargeable & replaceable)

Range: 11cm to Insight playing cards, 9cm to adhesive tags

Includes the reader, 52 x electronic playing cards, velcro wrist strap and instructions.

*PLEASE NOTE: These will be shipped signature required due to the expense of this item

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Customer Reviews

  • by Andre Javert

    Mar 2016

    Wow, must admit i´m really impressed about this thing, when i knew how this thing worked, it just blew up my mind. Hugo Shelley, congratulations, I still dont figure out how i could use it, but, I know, that once I do it, this will be the Perfect Magic Trick.

  • by Joe Sun

    Oct 2015

    Wow, this works exactly as advertised. its a very impressive use of modern tech.

    1. The cards are the plastic kind. This may seem odd to the casual audience member so you may have to do some talking around this.
    2. The reader is kinda of frankenstein looking, which I guess I've come to expect from magician's props. Wearing it can be tricky.

    but otherwise, wow.